SUE HARRISON led the way for Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club after winning the second women’s race in the five-mile Winter Series in Chelmsley Wood on Sunday.
The second race of the series was organised by Centurion Runners and Harrison chose the event as her return to racing after finishing tenth in the 100km World Championships in Holland back in September.
The race attracted runners of all abilities as was shown by race winner Jon Carter in a time of 27.33, and all of the first four runners broke the 30 minute barrier.
Harrison chased them hard to finish sixth overall and her time of 30.12 ensured she finished as the fastest lady after crossing the line over two minutes clear of Sutton Coldfield’s Andrea Deathridge.
Harrison said: “This was an excellent test to see how well I have recovered and I hope to get in some more shorter races before moving back into Ultra events.”
Elsewhere, the adverse weather conditions refused to undeter Paul Edwards after he fought off strong winds to record a new personal best time of 17.58 at the Brueton Parkrun on Saturday to finish second overall.
The strong gusts were also a significant feature at Cofton Park, where the second race of the Ladies Midlands cross-country league was held.
Susie Stannard (26.18) battled brilliantly to lead the Spa Striders team home to a tenth place finish in the Masters field, with Fiona Edwards (26.57) also putting in a good shift on the two-lap 6km course and the team was completed by Kate Gadsby (27.15), Clare Hinton (27.27) and Caroline Whitehouse (27.59).
Kenilworth Runners finished 13th out of 16 teams in the second race of the Birmingham League Division 1 XC in Cheltenham on Saturday but they retain ninth place overall after two events.